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December 23, 2021

Rising star award for sales director

A sales director at a Leek business has come out tops in a national awards ceremony. Bradley Brookes, Sales Director at timber windows, doors and stairs manufacturer Brookeswood Joinery Ltd, has picked up the Rising Star Award at the national British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards.

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December 23, 2021

Funding boosts for three Moorlands projects

Three projects in the Moorlands have been granted funding by the Government. The Kenelm Youth Trust (which is based at Alton Castle) and Churnet Valley Railway are both set to benefit from the latest round of cash hand-outs from the Culture Recovery Fund.

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December 23, 2021

Railway line plans given the go ahead

Community leaders have given the go ahead for the reinstatement of a railway line in the Moorlands. The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) Planning Committee discussed and decided upon proposals for the: “reinstatement of single line railway track and replacement footpath on former railway line between Cornhill Leek and boundary of existing operational railway land at Leekbrook” at their meeting on Thursday (December 16).

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December 23, 2021

Moorlands sheep star in festive filming

A flock of sheep in the Moorlands have been helping to portray the story of the Christmas Sheep. Evies flock at Troutsdale Farm, Blackshaw Moor near Leek, have been taking part in filming with a crew from the BBC.

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December 23, 2021

Charging hours and car parking fees set to increase

Draft plans regarding changes in the way Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC)-owned car parks are run have been outlined. SMDC’s Emerging Car Park Strategy, which affects all three towns in the district of Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph, was a topic of discussion at last week’s virtual Cheadle Stakeholders Panel meeting, which met to discuss SMDC’s plans to regenerate the town.

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December 23, 2021

“My baby Blu has truly save me”

For most new mums, their baby’s first Christmas is full of joy and happiness, but for new Leek mum, Lis Birks, this Christmas is also a sorrowful time as it will also be the first without her husband. And little Blu Marcus Birks, who was born on December 2, sadly never got to meet his dad Marcus Birks, because the well-known Leek chap sadly passed away at the age of 40 just over three months before Blu was born.

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December 16, 2021

‘Mr Grumpy’ set to dress up as Santa

A self-confessed ‘Mr Grumpy’ is set to play Santa at his local pub this Christmas – all in aid of raising cash for two charities. Rob Ratcliffe, aged 47 of Leek, has been roped into dressing up as the festive character by fellow pub goers at his local of the Fountain Inn in Leek.

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December 16, 2021

Festival set to bounce back after two years

Tickets for events in one of the Moorlands’ biggest celebrations of artistic talent have gone on sale after organisers confirmed it will bounce back next May. Leek Arts Festival has been unable to go ahead for two years in succession because of Covid-19. But tickets for key events in the 2022 Leek Arts Festival will be on sale at The Foxlowe Arts Centre from today (Wednesday, December 15) just in time for culture fans to buy them as Christmas presents. Tickets will also be available online through the festival website.

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December 16, 2021

Santa is on tour in the Moorlands

A fundraising group in the Moorlands is continuing its annual tour with Father Christmas. Leek Rotary Club is currently ‘escorting’ the festive character around to various venues and neighbourhoods across the district.

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December 16, 2021

Petition for speed reduction in town

A second petition containing 1,000 signatures asking for a reduction of the speed limit in a Moorlands town centre has been submitted to Staffordshire Country Council (SCC). Leek resident and local businessman Roger Warrillow began a petition earlier this year, asking for the county Highways Department to consider introducing a “20 mph speed limit in Leek town centre.”

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December 16, 2021

Concerns raised over councils ‘gift guide’

Concern has been raised over the production of a ‘Gift Guide’ for the Staffordshire Moorlands. Last week, we revealed that Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) had spent £17,000 on a ‘Gift Guide’ for the district – using some of its share of the Government’s ‘Welcome Back’ fund.

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December 16, 2021

Council climate change strategy agreed

A council has approved a strategy for its way forward in battling climate change. The SMDC Climate Change Strategy 2021-2030 was approved at last weeks SMDC Cabinet meeting.

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